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How to keep your skin moisturized and happy while flying.

Pre-flight Skin Preparation

Traveling to new places can be exciting, but have you ever noticed your skin feeling less firm and dull when you get off the plane? Airplane cabins, with their unique environment, can wreak havoc on your skin. 

I understand the airplane environment.

Airplane cabins are known for low humidity, often less than 20%. This dry environment can quickly strip our skin of moisture, leading to dryness, tightness, and even rashes. In addition, altitude can affect the body’s hydration levels, causing us to lose water faster.

Our skin has a barrier function – a protective outer layer that retains moisture and removes harmful pollutants. In flight, dry air can compromise this barrier, leading to dehydration. Dehydrated skin can have many problems, including decreased elasticity, increased sensitivity, and, in extreme cases, even pressure sores.

Maintaining Skin Hydration During Flight

Open suitcase with skincare products for travel and a bottle of water

Pre-flight skin care:

To combat the effects of jet lag, start with prevention:

Hydration is crucial. Drink plenty of water for 24 hours before the flight.

The night before, minimize diuretics such as coffee and alcohol, which can increase dehydration.

Gently exfoliate your skin to get rid of dead skin cells and allow deeper penetration of skin care products.

Opt for serums and moisturizers that contain hyaluronic acid or ceramides. These compounds help retain moisture and repair the barrier.

In-flight skincare rituals: 

Long hours in the air? No problem if you take advantage of these tips:

Dewy primers and BB creams: These multitasking products are essential for travelers. Primers provide makeup staying power, while BB creams provide light coverage to even out skin tone. They also often include moisturizing ingredients to keep skin hydrated throughout the flight.

Cream blushes and highlighters: Powder products can emphasize dry skin, so using cream products during flights is recommended. A drop of cream blush on the apples of the cheeks can bring life back to a tired complexion. Highlighters applied to the high points of the face, such as the cheekbones and brow arches, instantly tighten the skin and give it a radiant glow.

Cooling eye patches: Tired eyes can signify a long flight. We recommend putting a couple of cooling eye patches in your hand luggage. These patches contain caffeine and hyaluronic acid that relieve puffiness, dark circles, and dryness. In addition, they are discreet enough to wear in your chair without attracting unnecessary prying eyes.

Post-flight Skin Recovery

Skin recovery after a flight:

Landing after a long flight doesn’t mean your skincare routine is over. Here’s a mini skincare ritual for post-flight skin care:

Gentle cleansing: Start with a mild, moisturizing cleanser. It will remove impurities and makeup from your face without stripping your skin of essential moisture.

Moisturize: Apply a moisturizing serum or facial oil. Look out for ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, squalane, or rosehip oil, which are known to restore moisture and nourish the skin.

Moisturize and fix: Moisturize your skin with a good moisturizer. If you are flying to a sunny country, choose a moisturizer with SPF to protect your skin.

Refresh your eyes: Apply an eye cream or cream peel with cooling properties. This will reduce puffiness and make your eyes look bright and awake.

Lip care: The air in the airplane can dry out your lips. Finish by applying a moisturizing balm or lip product.

Using these quick hacks, you can turn a tiring flight into a mini spa session, ensuring you arrive at your destination looking and feeling your best. 

Travel Skincare Tips Beyond Flying

Bonus tips:

Dress in comfortable clothing made of breathable fabrics to avoid skin irritation. Watch what you eat and drink on the plane: Choose hydrating beverages and avoid salty snacks. Finally, remember to move occasionally – it is perfect for blood circulation.

In conclusion, flying can be a severe challenge to the health of our skin, but preparation and in-flight care can make a difference. By taking advantage of these tips, you can leave your destination with happy, moisturized skin. Have a safe trip and a glowing complexion!

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